Participating in the 2021 #GivingTuesday campaign
All eligible donations will help this project receive a larger portion of this campaign's $1,000,000 incentive fund!

Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad

by Global Girls Inc.
Play Video
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad
Oct 8, 2021

Performing arts inspire healthy lifestyles

Youth performing in our Summer Showcase
Youth performing in our Summer Showcase

Conversations with teachers, principals and other arts organization leaders are pointing to one disturbing trend - younger children developing unhealthy habits in part due to excessive and/or unmonitored screen time. Global Girls believes in science and understands that the arts can be a powerful tool to begin versing that trend. Neuroscience research has shown us that early childhood is a time of tremendous brain development. The young brain literally changes shape and size in response to everything encountered in this early period of development. New environment, life experiences, caretakers and relationships can all affect the way complex brain circuits are wired.

While our target market continues to be African American girls, ages 6 to 18, we’re expanding programs to engage girls and boys as young as three. “My First Show” is now in three south side Chicago public schools and will expand to seven additional locations by the end of the year. Global Girls is piloting this performing arts program in daycare settings and kindergartens using dance, theatre and music to teach communication, team-building and social/emotion skills. There’s also a parent component wherein parents have fun learning effective communication skills, emotional regulation and healthy lifestyle skills, all tools that will help them personally as well as in their roles as parents. We believe that exposing children and parents to the arts early will whet their appetites and prepare them to participate in community-based arts programs including Global Girls.

We trust that many of those children will continue in Global Girls and, one day, travel internationally with us in arts exchange programs teaching other youth to use their voices for positive change in their communities. We are still on target to travel to Tanzania in February 2022 with eight current program participants ages 14 to 18 and eight staff members.

Marching for "Love" in the community
Marching for "Love" in the community
Five and six year old youth in the summer program
Five and six year old youth in the summer program

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Global Girls Inc.

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @1globalgirlsinc
Project Leader:
Marvinetta Woodley-Penn
Chicago, IL United States
$16,853 raised of $20,000 goal
 
407 donations
$3,147 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Global Girls Inc. has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.